Staff Reports

You may need only a little Christmas, as the old song goes, but in the local area, holiday events seem as plentiful as snowflakes. Here’s a quick overview of a flurry of some of the seasonal activities for young and old alike. Note that some are as free as Christmas cheer.


Victorian Splendor: Holidays at the Henry Breeding Home, Dec. 1 to 3, Henry Breeding Home, 13730 N. County Road 100W, Edinburgh. A first-time event. Guests will experience carolers on the lawn, music in the house, horse-drawn carriage rides, toys and other items belonging to the family. Children ages 12 and younger admitted free when accompanied by an adult 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1. Proceeds benefit youth programs presented by the Bartholomew County Historical Society. Tickets are $10 for BCHS members, $12 for adults and $5 for children 3 through 12. Children younger than 3 admitted free. Advance tickets are available at the History Center or at the event. Information: or 812-372-3541.

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Universal Holiday Market: Starts at 9 a.m. Dec. 2, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 7850 W. Goeller Road, Columbus. Market featuring homemade items made by church members and friends from other religious faiths and non-profit organizations. Selling items that benefit causes and various types of art. Food available, plus a children’s emporium where kids can shop for goodies.


Dance Indiana Holiday Dance: 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 9, The Commons, 300 Washington St. Columbus, with the Starlighters Big Band. Tickets are $25 per person or $10 person just to listen to the band. Features cash bar, snacks. Tickets sold at the door. Information:

”The Nutcracker”: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16 to 17 presented by the local Dancers Studio Inc., Judson Erne Auditorium, 1400 25th St. in Columbus. Tickets: $10 to $20, available at the door and at


Skate With Santa: Noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 25, Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus. Make crafts and reindeer food. Cost is $7.50 and includes skate rental.

Santa’s Workshop: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8, Donner Center, 739 22nd St., Columbus. Holiday show with hands-on Christmas crafts, games, prizes and snacks after the show. Cost: $1 per person. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No pre-registration required.


Columbus City Band: “Sounds of the Season” and “Christmas Classics,” 2 p.m. Nov. 26, The Commons, 300 Washington St. in Columbus; and 2 p.m. Dec 10 at Central Christian Church, 1434 W. Second St. in Seymour.

QMIX Christmas Musical Fireworks Show: 7:15 p.m. Dec. 2., Second and Washington Streets, downtown Columbus. Family-friendly event follows the annual Festival of Lights Parade. Show features choreographed-to-Christmas music fireworks display, free hot chocolate and cookies. Children can pose for free pictures with Santa following the parade and fireworks show and Easterling Entertainment will twist balloons.

Music at First Presbyterian: 3 p.m. Dec. 3, First Presbyterian Church, Seventh and Franklin streets in Columbus. “Lessons and Carols” service featuring traditional Christmas Scripture, carols and anthems sung by the church’s adult choir directed by Dianne Sprunger. Admission free; an offering will be taken. Child care on request, call 812-372-3783.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra: “A Holiday Journey, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at The Commons, 300 Washington St. in Columbus. Free. Music will include “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “The Trans Siberian Orchestra Medley.”

Christmas Cabaret at The Commons With Jane Lynch: 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at The Commons, 300 Washington St. in Columbus. Sold out.

”Home For The Holidays” with Marja Harmon and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic: 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Judson Erne Auditorium, 1400 25th St. in Columbus. Broadway star Harmon, a Columbus native and a longtime local favorite anytime she returns home, has performed with the ensemble several times in the past. Tickets are $5 to $50, available at 812-376-2638 or

Free 27th Annual Cox Family Christmas Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 15, The Commons, 300 Washington St. in Columbus. Lei’gacy presents a mix of old favorites with more modern pop tunes and songs in a range of styles.


”This Wonderful Life”: One-man holiday show starring Hope native Pete Law, 6 p.m. Dec. 8 to 9 and 15 to 16, 1 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17, Willow Leaves of Hope, 326 Jackson St., Hope. Tickets: $25 (includes dinner, show). Reservations: 812-546-0640.

”It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play”: 1940s-era comic drama, 7 p.m. Dec. 15 to 16 and 22 to 23 and 3 p.m. Dec. 17 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24, The Harlequin Theatre, inside FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. in Columbus. Tickets, available at, Viewpoint Books, the mall office and at the venue: $15 in advance and $20 at the door for adults and $10 for students at the door. Cash bar available. Information: 812-343-4597 or


YES Comedy Showcase with comic Mike Armstrong: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31, YES Cinema, Fourth and Jackson streets in downtown Columbus. Shows, with mostly PG-13 material, have sold out the past several years. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, available at 812-379-1630. Information: